Thursday, December 31, 2009

Favorite Books from 2009

I've noticed many blogs posting lists of their favorite books from 2009.  Many of the books that I read this year were published in previous years, so I am following Ti's example from Book Chatter and Other Stuff and listing my favorite books that I read during the year.

So here were my absolute favorites, not in any particular order:
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
The Last Queen by C.W. Gortner
Beach Trip by Cathy Holton
The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan
Three Cups of Tea  by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Housseini
Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran
A Lucky Child by Thomas Buergenthal

And here were my favorite audiobooks:
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
Two for the Dough  by Janet Evanovich
Lost and Found by Carolyn Parkhurst
BoneMan's Daughters  by Ted Dekker
Still Summer by Jacquelyn Mitchard

If you posted about your favorites this year, feel free to leave the link to your post.  Did you happen to read any of the books that I have listed here, and if so what were your thoughts?  I am definitely looking forward to another great year of reading!


Darlene said...

Great list Jo-Jo. I liked quite a few of yours - Beach Trip, The Day the Falls Stood Still, A Thousand Splendid Suns and Cleopatra's Daughter and I absolutely love listening to the Stephanie Plum books on audio.

Happy New Year Jo-Jo. I hope 2010 is a great year for you.

Lezlie said...

I just bought Three Cups of Tea and his new one, too. I hope I like them as much as you did!


Kerri said...

I'm hoping to get to Shanghai Girls and A Thousand Splendid Suns in 2010. Happy New Year.

Margot said...

You have a couple of books on your list I'd like to read. Three Cups of Tea is one of them. Hopefully, this next year. Congratulations on such a great reading year.

Happy New Year to you and your family.

Serena said...

Have a Happy New Year! Great list of books. I haven't made mine yet.

Laura's Reviews said...

Great list! I haven't gotten around to doing mine yet . . . hopefully sometime next week!

Happy New Year!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I LOVED The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and A Thousand Splendid Suns as well.

Hope that you have a Happy and Healthy New Year. May all they books that your read in 2010 be terrific.

Unknown said...

I haven't read any of the books you listed but I do have my sights set on a couple of them, including The Shanghai Girls and A Thousand Splendid Suns.

As far as the audio goes, I enjoyed Stephanie Plum's adventures as well.

Happy New Year Jo-Jo!

Anonymous said...

I've read the Evanovich books, but none of the others. A few of them are on my tbr list though! None of my favorite books were published in 2009 :)

Ti said...

I need to read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Everyone has such good things to say about it.

Happy New Year to you!!!

C.W. Gortner said...

Thank you so much for choosing my novel The Last Queen as one of your top 2009 readers. The blogging community has been incredibly supportive of my work and I'm so honored to count you among my readers. I hope I can continue to entertain you with Catherine de Medici in 2010. Happy New Year to you and your readers!

bermudaonion said...

I've only read two of the books on your list, but I have several of the others in my TBR pile. It looks like I'm in for some good reading.

nfmgirl said...

I keep hearing so many great things about The Day the Falls Stood Still. I'm gonna have to get this on one of my challenge lists!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

You have some great reads on your list here..... I need to catch up on some of these.

Happy New Year!

Esme said...

JO JO-Happy New Year.

Blodeuedd said...

Happy New year!

Only read Moran of those but yes that was such a great read

Cathy Marie Buchanan said...

Thanks for including The Day the Falls Stood Still. Nice list.

DCMetroreader said...

I haven't heard of Beach Trip before -- will have to check it out.

Happy New Year!

Anna said...

I totally agree about Cleopatra's Daughter. The others I haven't read, but I'll keep them in mind.

Happy new year!

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Booksnyc said...

Three Cups of Tea made my list too - click here

I have also heard that his next book Stones into Schools is very good as well.